Bishop Alexander to deliver Fr. John Meyendorff Memorial Lecture at SVOTS

Protopresbyter John Meyendorff

His Grace, Bishop Alexander [Golitzin] will deliver the second annual Father John Meyendorff Annual Memorial Lecture at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Two years ago, Bishop Alexander delivered the commencement address to the seminary’s Class of 2012, speaking on the theme of the priesthood.

An alumnus of the Class of 1973, Bishop Alexander served for a time as an adjunct faculty member at Saint Vladimir’s.  Later, he taught theology at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, for 22 years. 

The free, public lecture will be held at Saint Vladimir’s in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium, located on the third floor of the John G. Rangos Family Building, with a reception following.  More details will be announced as they become available.

The first annual lecture held in honor of Protopresbyter John Meyendorff in 2013 featured Archpriest John H. Erickson, Dean of Saint Vladimir’s from 2002 until 2007.  Prior to Father Erickson’s lecture, Dr. Paul Meyendorff, son of Father Meyendorff and Secretary of the seminary’s Faculty Council, awarded a Doctor of Canon Law degree, honoris causa, to Father Erickson on behalf of the faculty and Board of Trustees.

Father John Meyendorff joined the faculty at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary as Professor of Church History and Patristics in 1959, holding successive joint appointments as lecturer in Byzantine Theology at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection and as professor of Byzantine History at Fordham University. He also was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary and lectured widely on university campuses and at Church events.  He served as the seminary’s Dean from March 1984 until June 1992.  A prolific author, Father Meyendorff’s publications include the critical text and translation of the Byzantine theologian and saint, Gregory Palamas (1959) as well as a number of books in the fields of theology and history.